Dictionary.com’s word of the year 2012 is BLUSTER. We heard a lot of that on the campaign trail during the presidential election season.
Dictionary.com defines bluster as:
1. to roar and be tumultuous, as wind.
2. to be loud, noisy, or swaggering; utter loud, empty menaces or protests: He blusters about revenge but does nothing.
Here’s more from The Huffington Post:
“Obviously the most historical events [this year] were the election, and weather events… [There has been] a remarkable volume of different kinds of bluster across the political and cultural spectrum,” said Schwartz.
He said that the word was chosen partly in consultation with lexicographers, and partly based on the data gathered from users’ searches on the site throughout the year. As an online-only dictionary, Jay Schwartz, Dictionary.com’s Head of Content, believes that their data reveals something of what has been concerning people during 2012.